Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

2000-01 Handbook for Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students

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Research Programs

Applied Physics

The Graduate Program in Applied Physics is a joint effort between the Newark Campus of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. However, some of the faculty in the Applied Physics program are also members of the Graduate Program in Physics and Astronomy associated with the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers.

Professor Daniel Murnick (Rutgers - Newark)

My current research interests are in frontier aspects of applied laser science and spectroscopy. Current projects are in stable isotope analysis via laser optogalvanic spectroscopy (the electrical response to resonant optical stimulation) for biomedical and environmental applications, discharge physics for semiconductor processing applications, heavy ion and electron beam pumped short wavelength laser physics with emphasis on excitation mechanisms and energy pathways, and laser surface modification. Research projects include experiment and modeling in a broad range of atomic, molecular and quantum electronic areas.

Professor Earl D. Shaw (Rutgers - Newark)

I have been developing infrared lasers and recently moved a far-infrared free electron laser to the Newark Campus. The laser that will be operational soon generates short tunable far-infrared light pulses that will permit the analog of pulsed magnetic resonance techniques for the first time in this optical wavelength regime. I intend to study the time dependence of the vibrational motion of DNA and other biological molecules with the ultimate aim of enhancing biochemical activity with far-infrared radiation.

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